Sacred Music Concert at Saint Martin's University

November 2, 2009

Lacey, Washington – On Wednesday, November 11, 2009, at 7:30 p.m., Saint Martin’s University Chorale, under the direction of Professor Darrell Born, will celebrate the Feast of Saint Martin at its seventh annual Sacred Music Concert in the Abbey church. The concert is open to the public and free of charge.

The concert will include African American spirituals, traditional African songs, traditional Spanish folk songs, arrangements of traditional American hymns and songs from the Ozarks, and 21st century compositions written with contemporary harmonies in the likeness of early Latin tradition.

Saint Martin of Tours, the University’s patron saint, lived in the early fourth century. A Roman soldier by training, he converted to Christianity and left military service. He became a monk and eventually bishop of Tours. He is best known for helping the poor and for bringing Christianity to the rural people in his area. He died in 397.

For more information about this concert, contact Susan Leyster in Campus Ministry at 360-438-4581 or

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension campuses located at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base, Olympic College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College.

For additional information:

Genevieve Canceko Chan
Director of Communications & Marketing